Camouflage: Stories by Murray Bail

By Murray Bail

From the “world-class Australian novelist” (The long island Times) comes a deft, angular, and hugely unique choice of tales. “The Seduction of My Sister” tells of the more and more strange occasions among siblings whilst a brand new relatives strikes in around the road, whereas “Healing” recollects a vanished time whilst a boy’s headlong, blameless rush into convinced catastrophe can be prevented via an easy miracle. a guy named Huebler makes a decision to photo all people alive, and an unassuming piano-tuner is shipped to the guts of Australia in 1943 to give a contribution to the conflict attempt. an enthralling, piquant assortment from a grasp of the craft.

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And finally, a local news program obtained rough footage of the film I’d been working on when Elder Briggs broke into my house. Though I had, through judicious editing, been trying to protect the young actress, a black actress, the news only played the uncut footage of the obviously frightened and confused woman. But none of that mattered. I was ashamed and vilified, but I was alive. And I was certainly pissed at the local media, who had become as exploitative as any pornographic moviemaker.

Please. I’m so cold. My father needed a real blanket, a good blanket. I walked out of the recovery hallway and made my way through various doorways and other hallways, peering into the rooms, looking at the patients and their families, looking for a particular kind of patient and family. My expression and posture were that of a man with a sick father and so I belonged. Maybe he was Mexican, which is really a kind of Indian, too, but not the kind that I needed. It was hard to tell sometimes what people were.

The professor says, “Brown people From all brown tribes Will burn skyscrapers and steeples. They’ll speak Spanish and carry guns and knives. ” All I can do is laugh and laugh And say, “Damn, you’ve got some imagination. He shakes his head And assaults me with his pity. I wonder how he can believe In a ceremony that requires his death. I think that he thinks he’s the new Jesus. He’s eager to get on that cross And pay the ultimate cost Because he’s addicted to the indigenous. Bird-watching at Night WHAT KIND OF BIRD is that?

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